PRONI archives go online

There’s still no official explanation for the additional £8million announced in August 2007.. but the NI Culture minister [and young-Earther – Ed] the DUP’s Edwin Poots today announced the launch of the new website for the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). And, as I suggested back in October 2006, they’ve made progress on the process of digitising the records they hold. Now available online are the 1912 Ulster Covenant, an index to the 1858-c.1920 will calendar entries (grants of probate and letters of administration) and historical Freeholders’ records, the annual releases, the introductions to significant privately deposited archives, and additional guides and indexes.. and more to come..On Local history

What’s available online?

The Ulster Covenant archive and Freeholders records held by PRONI have been digitised and indexed and are available on the PRONI website. These online archives are fully searchable and have links to digitised images of the original documents.

A project to index and digitise 1858 – c1900 wills from the District Probate Registries of Armagh, Belfast and Londonderry is almost complete. Phase one – an index to the will calendar entries (grants of probate and letters of administration) – is now available on the PRONI website. Phase two – to link the will calendar entries to the digitised images of the wills – will follow shortly.

Family history researchers can search for ancestors who may be recorded in the above sources.

Some of PRONI’s guides and indexes are also available online.